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Remington 700 vs. 7400 vs. 7600

Greetings All,
I'm a bit naive when it comes to long range rifles, so I decided to do a bit of research before making a purchase.

I've heard alot of negative about the Remington 7400 autoloader and its tendency to jam with small amounts of grime and certain ammo. Therefore, I turned my attention to the classic 700 line. It seems like you can't go wrong with any of those (unless it's a pre-1982 model). But, upon further reading, I see them say (on Remington's website) that the 7600 is comparable in accuracy to the best bolt guns because of its free-floated barrel. How true is that?

Because of the pump action on the 7600, I figure it should avoid the jamming problems of the 7400. Is THAT true?

Also, I'm sure the 7600 doesn't have quite the accuracy of the 700, but if it really is comparable, that may be a sacrifice that I'm willing to make because of the higher # of cartridges that the 7600 can hold (especially w/ Millet 10rd extended mags). Is there a company that makes extended magazines for the 700 models that use detachable mags?

Your knowledge is greatly appreciated...

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Remington 700 vs. 7400 vs. 7600

At one time or another I have owned/do own all the above models of rifles. As far as accuracy I would rank them as 700, 7600, 7400 in that order but first and second are surprisingly close with the semi being a distant third. I have several 700 in various calibres and they are all great shooters(.75" or less) or I do keep them. The 7600 that I own is in 308Win and it is a MOA shooter as well but barely(around 0.9"). The only 7400 I had (sold it)shoot around 1.75" groups which are fine for large game but I am a bit picky in that department. It did work flawlessly in all conditions though. I have heard they are prone to jamming but I cannot attest to that. I personally like the bolt action rifle so that is what I use the most but would not think twice about grabbing the pump either.

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Remington 700 vs. 7400 vs. 7600

I would always take bolt action over auto-loading any day, but but the 7600 and 7400 have taken a lot of game, so their record speaks for itself.

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Remington 700 vs. 7400 vs. 7600

Welcome aboard 2NDAmendment.

I,like Chester, have also owned/own each of the above except I have a 760 which is just the earlier version of the 7600.
I used the 760 in .308 almost exclusively for over 20 years with only one complaint...it will jam every 3rd or so shot when I use Remmington ammo....???? go figure. I solved that problem many years ago by simply not using Remmington ammo which, by the way, shoots perfectly thru the 700.
I only used the 7400 a couple of seasons and then only when I hunted with hounds so accuracy was not as important as fast repeat shots. Never had it jam though but it was kept spotlessly clean. I only used Federal Premium ammo thru it.
I have zero complaints about the 700 which is chambered in 30.06. The best shooting rifle I have ever owned.
I have to agree with all on the order of accuracy 700, 760 and following far behind, the 7400.
Gander Mountain, which was bought by Cabelas used to have 10 round clips for the 760 and 7600 in .308 but I have not seen them in any Cabelas catalogs. I don't recall any for the 700 though.

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Remington 700 vs. 7400 vs. 7600

Where I come from, the 760/7600 is the preferred weapon for deer. It is comfortable to shoot, and the accuracy is good enough for all but the most precise hunting needs. The 700 is more accurate, but only because of the different bolt setup. If you want an accurate rifle that is quick handling and offers a fast, smooth action, the 760/7600 is a good one. I personally would try to find a 760 over a newer 7600. The older ones had receivers made of steel, while the newer ones are aluminum. A little heavier, but worth it in my opinion.

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